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Album Review: Shane Owens – ‘Where I’m Comin’ From’

where-im-comin-fromCountry traditionalist Shane Owens from Alabama has seen several potential deals fail to work out in the past, but at last he has the opportunity to make his mark with his new album for independent label AmeriMonte. Part of this album was produced by James Stroud for another label which folded, while Ed Seay produced the newer cuts. He has a great, pure country voice, with echoes of Travis and Whitley in his stylings.

Lead single ‘Country Never Goes Out Of Style’, the video for which features a cameo by Randy Travis, is a nice song about passing trends and what really lasts. The title track is a fond but unsentimental tribute to growing up in a remote rural location, 8 miles from the nearest grocery store.

‘All The Beer In Alabama’ reflects on a failed marriage, where the protagonist admits his flaws, but is hurt that she wrongfully believes he cheated on her, when

All the beer in Alabama couldn’t get me drunk enough
To even think twice about someone else’s love

This track has a more modern country feel, with an electric guitar prominent.

‘Country Boy Can’ has somewhat cliche’d lyrics addressed to a potential love interest from the city, but Shane’s likable vocal and the low key arrangement save it.

In the gentle ‘Blame It On A Woman’ he has recast his life thanks to falling in love, and the tender vocal sells the song.

He turns to hard core traditional country with the punning ‘Alcohol Of Fame’, about a man who takes refuge in the bottle after losing at love, and lapses into alcoholism.

‘God And The Ground She Walked On’ is a moving story song about an elderly man who is lost without his late wife but still feels her presence . Another emotional story song, ’19’, is about a Marine who threw over a college scholarship to join up after 9/11, “trying to hold on to his American dreams”, until he pays the ultimate price to save a comrade.

The up-tempo ‘Chicken Truck’ is an obscure early John Anderson album track which just escapes being categorised as a novelty song. An unexpected choice of cover, Shane’s version features a guest appearance from Anderson and is highly entertaining. An even less familiar cover, Linda Hargrove’s ‘Nashville You Ain’t Hollywood’ chides the industry for abandoning its values in favour of glitz – a message even more marked today than in the 70s.

This is an excellent album from a fine singer. I warmly recommend it.

Grade: A

3 responses to “Album Review: Shane Owens – ‘Where I’m Comin’ From’

  1. Luckyoldsun February 16, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Have to pick this one up.
    “Chicken Truck,” btw, was a top-10 single off of “John Anderson 2” in 1981, and appears on a bunch of his “greatest hits” or “anthology” cd’s that focus on his early years. Let’s just say it’s not exactly “Seminole Wind.”

  2. Luckyoldsun February 19, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    One more btw:
    Aaron Tippin also included “Chicken Truck” oh his somewhat recent CD “In Overdrive”–an homage to ’60s and ’70s (and some ’80s) trucking songs, which included covers of Dave Dudley’s “Six Days on the Road”–(of course)– and some country gold by Jerry Reed (“East Bound and Down,”) Eddie Rabbit, Ronnie Milsap, Haggard and Alabama, among others.
    Tippin’s just about the perfect artist to do an album devoted to that subject matter, and it wasn’t bad at all, but by the time it came out in 2009, Tippin’s career on radio was over, and the CD came and went without leaving much of a trace.

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